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Paupers Graves and Saber Waves – 14 Aug 2018

 

This Mondo poster is by Mark Aspinol. I’m not fond of how the ships are flying off of Kylo Ren’s shoulder, but there’s other compositional choices I really like: for example, the symbolic imagery of the figure placement (Kylo’s back, the fact that they are back to back as per the big scene in Snoke’s throne room) is rad, and it allows the glow of each lightsaber to shine on the opposing character, expressing their instability in the light/dark choice and the concept of balance. I loved the ships in Kylo Ren’s cloak’s negative space. I like that his lightsaber breaks the frame, which I feel expresses his surprise Act 2 choice… Anyway, fun with arts.

From the Shimmer:

  • By the end of S01, Hulu’s Runaways started to follow the beats of the comic, which is exciting. Of course, they haven’t dipped into the big gut-punch of the comic’s first series, but I don’t know yet if they will. That gives it some refreshing urgency. Anyway, S02 synopsis is out, and it looks like it’s diving into the titular on-the-run period we’ve been waiting for.
  • I don’t know what Tax Collector is going to be about (no one does) but I like Ayers overall, and I don’t mind Shia Lebouf the way others generally do. This was an intriguing image for me. I’m into it.
  • The other week I was saying I never really liked the Predator design, and of course there was pity and outrage. Anyway, not like I didn’t watch the movies. I’m a generational dudebro. But anyway, I remember even as a kid wondering how that mouth works. This article is pretty entertaining: no tongue? What the hell? How does it eat, let alone eat sushi
  • New Wes Anderson film is in production! What about? Don’t know, don’t care, take my money.
  • This is the first Venom image I’ve actually liked, in terms of the design. I like that he’s big, and the eyes and grin look better in profile (the eyes want to be farther apart like an animal to me, not straight ahead in the simian manner) and I like that the white sinewy veins are taking the place of the spider symbol. I said this on the podcast though: sometimes Brock’s head is in the head, and other times (like when Riot takes his head off) he’s down in the core of the torso like a mecha pilot. I wonder if this is just sloppiness, or f it’s by design, like he’s being shifted around in an egg sac to protect him. Late night, a couple of cocktails, and I was amused that it was like the same sort of mystery pilot jenga that puts Batman face down when he wants to shoot something in the Tumbler. HA. Meanwhile, Sony shoots itself in every foot it can find: now it is going for a PG-13 rating so they can better ‘integrate’ into the MCU if that ever becomes a possibility. GUH.
  • Ongoing highly speculative theories about what Disney will do in dismantling Fox are ongoing. Mostly about two key points: bringing X-Men and FF into the Marvel fold (let alone all those other properties ready to be strip-mined), and the status of the raunchy R-rated stuff. At least the ‘months of reshoots’ story seems to be hyperbole.
  • Josh Trank’s Fonzo: Al Capone by Tom Hardy who, when faced with perpetual criticism for his weird vocal choices, triple-downed and based Capone on Bugs Bunny with vocal fry. I’m actually into it. I hate his accent and slur as Eddie Brock, but I loved his Bane, loved his Peaky Blinders stuff, and I’m all for this. Capone DID have a weird nasally, highly regional accent. Hardy give precisely zero shits.
  • I don’t think anyone believes Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth really walked away from ST4… here’s hoping the producers do, so they get their money. I’m not saying any of these actors deserve or necessarily NEED huge salaries that have so outpaced the scale of their work, but I do think the studios are generally stupid about these negotiations. They went to stars of major franchise work and just when you expect the battle will be about them wanting even MORE money (especially Hemsworth)… the studio scales the budget back and asks for pay cuts in violation of their contracts. I get this is how it works, on both sides, fighting to modify contracts… but seriously.
  • On the Robot-Kraken Podcast we talked about how it felt like a missed opportunity to not let Goliath grow in the third act of Ant-Man and Wasp… apparently there was a scene planned… but it was a flashback. I agree, though, that would have been narratively redundant.
  • Shane Black is all for a Nice Guys sequel… I don’t feel it is necessary. It’s a perfect standalone film. But I’d also 100% endorse it if he kept the vibe. Their charisma was electric. I guess neon, given the time period. Lazy incandescent?

The Podcast That Forgot What it’s Like to Fear Death – Robots Root 6 Dec 2017

I WANT ALTERED CARBON IN MY FACE ASAP

Meanwhile…

Somewhere in space… it’s Robot’s Root:

  • Once again, Disney and Fox are “thisclose” to the deal… so, what do you think? Will Disney fold in the X-Men and FF properties as part of the likely multiverse thing coming after Infinity War?

  • Free Deadpool tattoos. What could go wrong? I’ll take free Negasonic tattoos though. And by free Negasonic tattoos, I mean applying tattoos onto what is already a peak hawt package. ZING!
  • I’d like all these Star Wars jackets a lot more if they didn’t have rebel logos or whatever on them. Less literal. Also, half this price.
  • Watch this GIF… do you hear it? I do.
  • It’s true: Nolan benefitted from a less compressed time of supers film production. He had a film in between each Batman film, and he told a story he cared about, largely or entirely without studio interference. However, he also benefitted from being Christopher Nolan in the first place. There’s a vision.
  • Interesting Stranger Things theory: is the demogorgon part of Eleven’s manifestation? I doubt it, given the events of S02… but still, good effort.
  • Here’s some cool concept art for Valkyrie from Andy park!
  • For Aeon-Flux fans, you can now watch the entire Liquid Television series streamed to your eyeballs like an errant fly.
  • As I’ve said on the pod, an AI vs AI vs AI direction in the Alien franchise sounds good to me. It just doesn’t make much more sense as a PREQUEL.
  • Batman almost had a shitty speeder bike in Justice League. Just look. Plus, somewhere, out there, there’s footage of the black Superman costume. I can’t wait until it surfaces.
  • Some potential Iron Fist S02 villain hints here in the casting notes… I mean, I could go either way, now that the showrunner has changed. Alice Eve was just cast as well…
  • NINJA TREE CLAWS
  • Margot Robbie is doing some sort of Harley Quinn something or other. I mean, who’s to say.
  • This Batman ninja business is the BUSINESS.
  • ADAM part 3 is no online. Hot damn.
  • Hellboy has a release date, and it’s too far away. Maybe, given what happened when they rushed JL, that’s OK.
  • Disney cast Mulan, and didn’t cock it up, even.
  • Historical nightmare fuel.
  • In an era of perpetual reboots, this plea from Alex Proyas against the Crow remake was pretty profound. Of course I’m of the age to have an emotional connection to that first film, too.
  • I haven’t watched any Black Mirror so far, but I might start

  • New images from next year’s Dark Phoenix surprise the hell out of me. My expectations were so low. This early look of Jean Grey transforming, even if its just stylized for these images… they’re really great. I like the cracking apart of her flesh. Not strictly consumed by fire, but also separating into component atoms. Wow. I also like the apparent change in concept for the Phoenix Force, and that the X-Men are popular, with Xavier being reckless in his deployment of the team beyond their capability, the hubris and overconfidence implied.
  • Finally, I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been watching, and enjoying, Runaways. We’ll be talking about that soon, but in the meantime, a good article about how the Hulu production makes good use of their established budget to put together FX for the deinonychus, Old Lace, featured in the show. It’s a good example of a production not overreaching beyond their budget, and spending the money wisely.

Load “Robot-Kraken” comma 8 comma 1 – PRESS PLAY ON TAPE! 29 Sept 2017

To hell with the Twitch whatever… I’ll take a mini C64, thanks! I mean, I won’t. But I WOULD.

Meanwhile…

’tis Robot’s Root:

  • Michelle Williams has reportedly joined the cast of Venom, opposite Tom Hardy. Say what you will about the garbage level of Sony’s productions, that’s good wattage.
  • Man, if only I had time to play them video games! Red Dead 2!
  • Sneak peeks at Runaways are thoroughly CW style meh. I refuse to abandon hope. But I worry when a teaser image bores me. More pics, showing the different kids…
  • Kind of neat to see how much the new Tomb Raider is pulling from the game.
  • Isle of Dogs is pre-suffering from sort of appropriation backlash which feels pretty beyond the pale to me. Again, I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but Anderson always uses whatever voice actors he likes, in any role. And there are plenty of Japanese voice actors on this project. Reaching…
  • When this kind of thing is still happening in the US, it’s easy to imagine True Detective having traction for more gritty, urban stories. Bring on Mahershala Ali already!
  • It slays me that BB-9E was called ‘BB-H8’ on set. I’ll never not hear that in my inner monologue.
  • Oh look: Nice Guys TV adaptation, but with women! UGH. Actually, I loved the Nice Guys, and I’d love an all female retro buddy cop show. But adaptations…
  • THERES NO PROBLEM IN THE DCEU STOP ASKING.
  • SW: Battlefront II will feature the Emporer’s posthumous kill-em-all plans… I’m intrigued in that alone, let alone the whole game which i will love, buy, and rarely have a chance to play.
  • Skinless Rocket Raccoon. Have fun tonight…
  • What’s this! Snow Crash adapted for Amazon? Now we’re talking…
  • this, wonderful thing, this amazing, wonderful thing, for one lung
  • And now, more desktop imagery for you: retro power station control rooms. AWESOME.

With that, I leave you to your theoretical leisure.

Stay Classy, Defenders – Robot’s Root 3 May 2017

YASSDEFENDERS … “It’s YOUR scarf” And above, this gif… it’s Danny Rand’s version of Malak from Conan the Destroyer’s “I’m rowing!”

 

Meanwhile, in space… it’s Robot’s Root:

  • While I will always love the Facehugger plushie, this Xenomorph with classic clear dome (implied) is a new second favorite.
  • There are many things to doubt about the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel… but worse looking mechs wasn’t on my radar… until now.
  • Sweet! B/W Logan on the big screen for one day: May 16. Still no Old Man Sabertooth, but hey, I’m Ok with it.
  • Ridley Scott appears to be shitting all over the Aliens 5 project. Sounds a bit retconny to me; given especially the age of this Director, the promise of like 22 more Aliens films he declared last week, and the troubled reception to Prometheus… all right before Covenant. Hm.
  • Mondo has collaborated with USAopoly’s Project Raygun to produce a THING board game. How dope is THAT.

The Thing™ Infection at Outpost 31 Gameplay

It is the start of the bleak, desolate Antarctic winter when a group of NSF researchers manning the claustrophobic, isolated U.S. Outpost 31 comes into contact with a hostile extraterrestrial lifeform. Bent on assimilating Earth’s native species, this being infiltrates the facility—creating a perfect imitation of one of the Outpost 31 crew. The staff frantically begin a sweep of the base, desperate to purge this alien infection before escaping to warn McMurdo Station that somewhere, out there in the frigid darkness, something horrible is waiting.             

In THE THING™ INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31, relive John Carpenter’s sci-fi cult classic as a hidden identity game designed to push you to the edge. Play as one of a dozen characters like helicopter pilot MacReady, mechanic Childs, or station manager Garry. Face sabotage and infection as you investigate the facility—gather gear, battle The Thing, expose any imitations among you, and escape Outpost 31!             

 Tension mounts and paranoia ensues as you question who you can trust in the ultimate race to save humanity.

  • “These two incandescent idiots…” I’m sold.

 

OK friends, wax them staches and watch them backs!

My Parents Are Totally Evil – 24 August 2016

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For those of you playing at home, this was one of my favorite comics for a long time, and the original run still resonates with me. I’ve long argued it was tailor-made for adaptation. We’ll see if the Hulu series strikes the right chord. The nice thing about this series, setting aside the occasional integration of existing MCU characters, is that it doesn’t REQUIRE canon appaearances from known supers. It establishes a supervillain underworld and these kids fleeing from it. All new characters, freedom to create a unique tone… it would have worked for Netflix equally well. What it wants is that vision, that style that is consistent across episodes. Think House of Cards, Daredevil, even Preacher for the most part. I’m choosing to be optimistic because I can SEEEEE it. And interestingly enough, we JUST SO HAPPEN to have a long-gestating fantasy casting exercise on Robot-Kraken, about which Kris continues to struggle.
http://comicbook.com/2016/08/17/marvel- … tv-series/

Meanwhile, in space:

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ITEM: This is the only one of the recent Empire covers I felt compelled to post, because while I have NOMINALLY tried to avoid reading about Rogue One any further, I get sucked in whenever the droid is involved.
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ITEM: Now THAT’s a good repaint.
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ITEM: I LOVE interconnections in the continuity of shows. According to Cox, Claire’s cut over the eye in a S02 sequence is a reference to events in the upcoming Luke Cage season, which apparently occurred simultaneously in the timeline. YEE! And look, even if that’s only partly true, like they put little bon mots in here and there as story hooks for other, future content, I’m good with it, because it shows intent. I do that in my TRDL Universe stuff all the time. I plant seeds, and grow them later.
http://geektyrant.com/news/charlie-cox- … ve-noticed

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ITEM: Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2? That actually seems right. He is kind of shiny and weirdly artificial.

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ITEM: I don’t like 90s comics, I don’t like black costume Superman, I don’t like long hair and mullets… and as I said yesterday, I don’t see the internal logic of any of that in the world DC/WB created for Justice League continuity. HOWEVER. This manip is successful, I’ll give it that. Why his facial hair lags behind his head hair, that’s a Kryptonian mystery.
http://geektyrant.com/news/fan-art-show … ice-league

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ITEM: Scurred Parent Warnings for Sausage Party might be even better than the film itself.

“Four items make an anal-vaginal-oral daisy chain, all thrusting wildly as a taco sucks violently on a hotdog.”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/parental-advisor … 1785316082

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ITEM: Fuck Yeah Star Trek is the best Twitter ever for today.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/swear-trek-provi … 1785407896

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ITEM: Oh, the FF film that could have been.

“In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet. We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great…well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, MASSIVELY expensive.”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-original-pla … 1785344574

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ITEM: The Arrival full trailer gives you more than you want to know, but not enough to spoil the film. But hey, it’s early yet. I’m so stoked on this one. That ship design is EXCELLENT. People mock it, but I see what it really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFMo3UJ4B4g

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ITEM: I wasn’t even going to comment on this Zendaya drama, but it just pissed me off too much. If a character is defined by their appearance, then they are shallow and garbage. This goes beyond the tropes of ‘just make them a new character’ that purists, if not outright racists/sexists/etc rely on… we even hit that angle talking about Lex Luthor in BVS. It’s clear that racism drives this whining. Disgusting, and I will have none of it.
http://blog.therealrickeysmiley.com/blo … -spiderman


Finally: Happy birthday to our own DEEPLY DAPPER, Kris, preparing for his next con appearance and trying to resist the urge to build Legos instead…

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